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Supreme Court Ruling a Victory for Kids!

Every Nebraskan should have access to the health care services they need when they need them.  Healthy children learn better, healthy adults are more productive workers, and healthy people make for stronger and more vibrant communities.  We need a health care system that works for everyone.  The Patient Protection and…...

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How kids with disabilities are insured

If your interests lean wonkish, chances are you’re been paying some attention to the Supreme Court lately. A decision is expected anytime on the Affordable Care Act, which will shape how health reform continues to be implemented. Like everyone else with skin in the game, we here at Voices for…...

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Update on SNAP and the Farm Bill

The Senate is currently debating the 2012 Farm Bill, which reauthorizes agriculture, conservation and nutrition assistance programs for another five years. This is important because it could impact the future of the SNAP program, which helps to feed over 80,000 Nebraskan children. Yesterday, the Senate voted on four nutrition amendments—Senator…...

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Urgent action needed on SNAP

Your voice is needed today on behalf of Nebraska kids! Today the US Senate will be considering amendments to the Farm Bill that could impact the future of the SNAP program, which helps to feed over 80,000 Nebraska children. Please call 1-877-698-8228 and enter your zip code to be connected to Senator…...

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LB 1129: Provide requirements for insurance coverage of autism spectrum disorders

As introduced: LB 1129 requires health insurance plans sold in Nebraska on or after January 1, 2013 to provide coverage for the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorder for children (under age 21).  Providing for some exceptions, coverage will not be subject to any limits on the number…...

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LB 1063: Adopt the Children’s Health and Treatment Act

As introduced: The bill would clarify the definition of medical necessity and Nebraska’s obligation not to discriminate the availability of appropriate services on the basis of age or diagnosis. In making a medical necessity determination, there would be a presumption in favor of the treating physician. It would also reemphasize…...

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LB 1020: Expansion of School-Based Health Centers

As introduced:  The bill would provide grant funding for the start-up costs of new school-based health centers with a preference for health shortage and high poverty areas. Introducing Senator(s): Nordquist, Ashford, Campbell, Council, Howard, Mello Committee: Education Committee...

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LB 952: Restoration of Proposed Medicaid Cuts

As introduced: Every year on December 1st, the Director of the Nebraska Medicaid Program submits a letter to the Legislature detailing intended cuts to Medicaid services.  This bill would have restored the proposed cuts. Introducing Senator(s): Nordquist, Avery, Bloomfield, Campbell, Conrad, Cook, Council, Dubas, Gloor, Howard, Krist, McGill, Mello...

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LB 837: Create a task force to review certain drugs for state wards

As introduced: This bill would create a task force to review and provide recommendations on the use of psychotropic drugs by state wards and the administration of these drugs. As amended: none Introducing Senator(s): Howard...

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LB 826: Legislative Approval of Medicaid Cuts

As introduced: The bill would require legislative approval of all significant policy changes to the Medicaid program including cutting or eliminating services or increasing co-pays. Introducing Senator(s): Dubas, Bloomfield, Campbell, Cook, Krist, Lathrop, McGill, Mello, Nordquist Committee: Health and Human Services Committee...

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